Expect more mosquitoes soon

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver

PHOENIX -- Monsoonal mosquitoes are moving in after the rains recede.

Mark Marcus is trying to combat an onslaught of mosquitoes in and around his home, and he has the bites to prove it.

"I've got one on each shoulder. Some on my feet," Marcus said.

He took a trip to Home Depot to plan his attack to take back his home.

We all know mosquitoes come out after the storms, but why?

"They buried their eggs in the dirt and then they just need water to activate these," said Johnny Dilone with the Maricopa County Environmental Services.

He said those flood mosquitoes are just waiting to hatch.

Dilone said the rains kill many adult mosquitoes but new ones are quick to breed.

"The difference with the Culex mosquito, which is the one that would most likely carry West Nile, is that they need standing water to lay down their eggs. They need that water to be there, stagnant, for about three to four days," Dilone said.

Dilone said he expects to see them hatch by the weekend.

Debbie Hernandez from Home Depot says there are many options for dealing with mosquitoes such as foggers, repellents and zappers.

"The zappers are great. This is something you can use all year around. You want to make sure that you hang it at least 25 feet away from your patio, your pool, your backdoor because it has a lure in it that is going to draw mosquitoes away from you and then you can enjoy your backyard," Hernandez said.

Marcus walked away with a natural fogger and a citronella candle under each arm and a plan to bite back before the bugs can bite again.

"I hang out at home a lot, so I just want some peace and quiet in my house, and that constant buzzing and nagging mosquitoes just hasn't been pleasant," Marcus said.

Maricopa County will be fogging Chandler, Gilbert, Glendale, Peoria, Phoenix and Mesa Friday between midnight and 5 a.m.